Hey guys! 😀
My grandmother visited us over the weekend. We had a lot of fun and yummy food! My grandmother, also known as Nani, is an exceptional certified chef. She cooks traditional South Indian food, makes wine and jam, bakes cakes and bread, and Indian sweets.
During this visit, Nani taught me how to make peanut chikki. Some of you might not be familiar with this sweet. But don’t worry. I’m going to tell you what Chikki is and how it is made 🙂
- What is Chikki?
Chikki, pronounced as Chik-ki, is a traditional Indian sweet generally made from peanuts and jaggery. There are several varieties of chikki. You can alternate peanuts to cashews, coconut, almonds, pistachios, sesame seeds or puffed rice. Jaggery is the main ingredient but if you want to alternate that as well, you can use plain sugar. Each variety of chikki is named depending on the ingredients used to make it – peanuts, cashews, coconut, almonds, pistachios, sesame seeds, puffed rice, etc. For example – Peanut chikki, cashew chikki, almond chikki, etc.
Chikkis come in all shapes and sizes. These are the most popular and common shapes –
Round/Ball shaped –
Square shaped –
Alright, it’s time to start cooking. Let’s make peanut chikki! 😀
What you will need –
- 1 cup full of peanuts
- 1 cup of jaggery
How to prepare –
- Start by roasting the peanuts in a pan. Make sure they don’t turn black, you don’t want this to burn. This can take 5-8 minutes.
- Once the peanuts are roasted, transfer them to a plate and let them cool. After about 5 minutes start removing the peel. This takes a lot of time and it can get really messy so have patience. Patience is the key to everything 🙂
- Take a piece of parchment paper and spread butter or ghee on it.
- Let’s move on to the jaggery. Heat a pan and add the jaggery and 1 tbsp of water to it.
- The jaggery has to melt completely but make sure you stir this a few times. The bottom might burn. The melted jaggery should look something like this –
- Time to add the roasted peanuts to the pan and mix well! 😀
- This step needs to be done quickly because the jaggery and peanut mix will start to harden fast. Spread the mixture onto the parchment paper into whatever size and thickness you’d like.
- Let this cool for about 5 minutes and then you can cut it into bite size pieces.
- The last and final step is to enjoy these sweets with family and friends 🙂
Hope you learnt something new today 🙂
If you’d like me to show you more Indian recipes, just leave a comment down below!
Have a nice day readers ~